The FBI, America's most powerful law enforcement agency, is collecting racial and ethnic information and "mapping" American communities around the country based on crude stereotypes about which groups commit different types of crimes. Nationwide, the FBI is gathering reports on innocent Americans' so-called "suspicious activity" and sharing it with unknown numbers of federal, state and local government agencies.
Ask the Attorney General to limit FBI intelligence gathering to true threats rather than wasting precious resources by investigating innocent Americans and mapping communities based on racial stereotypes and suspicion without evidence.
Help put an immediate end to the FBI's unconstitutional use of racial profiling to map American communities.
Under existing FBI authority, the FBI is permitted to engage in racial and ethnic profiling in certain contexts, and there is growing evidence that it is unconstitutionally targeting American communities for investigation based upon their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or political beliefs and activities protected under the First Amendment.
I urge you to curb these abuses by:
* Ending suspicion-less intelligence collection, and ensuring that investigations only take place if they are supported by articulable facts and are properly limited in time and scope.
* Rescinding the exemption in existing authorities that permits the FBI's use of racial and ethnic profiling in national security and border integrity investigations; and
* Prohibiting profiling based on religion and national origin.
Protecting the United States from crime and terrorism does not require violating the rights of innocent people. Requiring the FBI to focus on real threats, supported by objective evidence, would be a far more effective method of protecting our communities than profiling communities and people based on race, ethnicity or belief, or collecting detailed dossiers about innocent Americans.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.